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YAAC Engagement & Student Transition Committee

Committee Purpose 

The Engagement and Student Transition Committee’s purpose is to advise The Association of Former Students in their efforts to connect with young alumni and current students as they transition into life as a former student.


Meet the 2020 Engagement and Student Transition Committee

2020 Committee Chair
Kasey Kram '15 
Houston, Texas
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Kasey Kram is a Weimar, Texas native and a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2015. He is a recent summa cum laude graduate from Texas A&M University with two Bachelors of Science degrees in Agribusiness and Agriculture Leadership and Development. Kasey currently works at Deloitte as a Human Capital Consultant, where he focuses on large-scale global implementation projects. He and his wife Kallie ’16 currently reside in Houston.

Kasey may have been a first-generation Aggie, but his blood ran as maroon as it gets. Kasey was involved across campus and across the world – from A&M’s Qatar campus to a marketing study abroad program in Europe. His loyalty to embracing the Aggie Spirit and values has been strong since the beginning. From his experiences, he has developed a respect for Texas A&M’s diversity and remarkable opportunities. He has led with integrity in organizations such as the Residence Hall Association, Leadership Fellows, Student Government Association, Old Army Gentlemen’s Society, and the College of Agriculture and Life Science Student Council.

Kasey is devoted to striving for excellence and looks to one day return to school to obtain his PhD in Agricultural Economics.

 


2020 Committee Chair-Elect
Mason Parish '14
Conroe, Texas
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Mason Parish pursued a BS in Agricultural Economics from Texas A&M University, earning his degree in 2014, and he completed a graduate degree in Public Service and Administration from the Bush School in 2016. He was active in student government, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and as a department representative. Additionally, Mason developed his leadership style during two important roles: as president of the Texas FFA Association, an organization of more than 81,000 students, and as founder of the Texas A&M Career Closet. Mason has also worked for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, The Association of Former Students, and John Deere. Mason currently works at Deloitte Consulting as a Business Analyst. 


Committee Member
Nick Balser '12 
Houston, Texas
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While studying finance and economics in school, Nick was privileged to be involved in a number of great organizations, but one in particular that stuck with him the most was the Titans of Investing program through Mays Business School. This small-group-style finance course helped kick-start his career by learning a tremendous amount about the financial markets, investment theory, market history, and ultimately the importance of being a character-driven person.

When Nick graduated from Texas A&M in May 2012 he took a job on a rotational finance program with Chevron Corporation. Through this program Nick had the opportunity to work three different 6 month assignments in different parts of the company, the oil and gas industry, and even the globe. Nick first moved out to the San Francisco Bay Area for six months, then southern California to a refinery near Los Angeles, and finally had the amazing experience of moving to West Africa to live and work in Lagos, Nigeria for another 6 months. After his time on the rotational program was complete he settled back into Houston, TX, working two more positions with Chevron as a project accountant for a major capital project and then working as a financial analyst on the trading floor for their crude traders. 

In August 2015 Nick accepted a full-time position with a nonprofit organization called Young Catholic Professionals, after volunteering for the organization for nearly a year. He was only the third full-time hire for the relatively young organization, and came on as the VP of Finance & Technology (which his title has since been changed to VP of Finance & Operations). This position provided an incredible opportunity to work for an organization with a mission aligned with his passions, in a position to make a real difference and affect the everyday operations and direction of the organization. The organization has experienced explosive growth in the last couple years and they continue to ramp up staffing to coincide with their nationwide expansion efforts. 


Committee Member
Meghan De Amaral '15 
Austin, Texas
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Meghan De Amaral '15 serves as a Strategic Planner for the Texas Office of the Governor's Public Safety Office. A dual degree graduate of Texas A&M, Meghan earned both a Bachelor of Political Science ('15) and Master of Public Service and Administration ('16) through the five year program at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. While at the Bush School, she studied Security Policy & Management/Homeland Security with an emphasis in Critical Infrastructure in pursuit of a career in security policy and communications. Prior to joining the Governor's Office, Meghan worked with the Texas Division of Emergency Management where she supported statewide emergency management efforts, including response to and recovery from Hurricane Harvey.

While at Texas A&M, she founded a women's leadership organization (Texas A&M Legacies), served as 2015 Class President, and was involved in several other student organizations including Bush School Ambassadors, MSC Diversity, Fish Camp, MSC LEAD, and COSGA. In recognition of her efforts with these and other organizations, Meghan received a Buck Weirus Spirit Award in 2014. She also worked for the Student Rec Center and as a Graduate Assistant Researcher, contributing to research on women in the workplace and assisting with events for the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy.

Meghan is passionate about all things related to Texas A&M, public service, and the Lone Star State. Having been raised as part of a military family, she has an affinity for travel and is frequently on the road. Meghan is an active volunteer, serving as a 2015 Class Agent and Aggie Women Board Member in addition to roles with the Capital City A&M Club and Junior League of Austin. She hopes to impact future generations by encouraging women to take on service & leadership roles in their communities.


Committee Member
Shelby Springs '14 
Deer Park, Texas 
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Shelby Springs is from Deer Park, Texas and graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sociology in 2014. As an undergraduate, she worked throughout Bryan and College Station as a camp counselor and supervisor for multiple youth programs.

After graduation, she had the privilege of continuing on with the university in a professional aspect. As a College Recruitment Adviser for the Texas A&M Chapter of the College Advising Corps, Shelby spent two years working with under-served, low income students at her placement school, KIPP Sunnyside High School, in Houston, Texas. She spent each day advising and counseling her students as they embarked on their post-secondary education and careers. She was also selected to be a 2016 Data and Policy Fellow with the College Advising Corps. During her fellowship, Shelby participated on a national research team, and helped her team present their findings regarding best practices for advising and mentoring underclassmen at the College Advising Corps Summit in Washington, D.C.

After fulfilling her College Advising Corps contract, Shelby was delighted with the opportunity to continue her journey as an employee of the Houston branch of KIPP Texas Public Schools. She spent her first year as a KIPP through College Retention and Completion Specialist, where she ensured that KIPP high school alumni were able to successfully enroll, persist, and thrive in college. She currently works as a Senior College Counselor and Seminar Instructor at KIPP Sunnyside High School. Shelby is also a member of the Texas Association of College Admissions Counselors, and is passionate about advocating for her students, and building partnerships between secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

As a former AmeriCorps member, Shelby believes in living a life of service, and enjoys volunteering with the university and within her community whenever possible.


Committee Member
Alane Blakely, Ph.D ’10 
Cypress, Texas
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Alane Blakely is a proud member of the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of 2010 from Houston, Texas. As a first generation Aggie, she embraced the Aggie Spirit and sought active involvement in many student organizations such as Sigma Phi Lambda, MSC Aggie Leaders of Tomorrow, Impact, Aggie Muster, and Psi Chi Honor Society. While at Texas A&M, Alane also worked for the Student Employment Office within the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid coordinating events such as National Student Employment Week and the Student Employee of the Year Award ceremony.

After graduating with honors and earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with minors in Neuroscience and Business Administration, Alane continued her education at her beloved university as a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development. She received her PhD in School Psychology in 2015 and started her career as a Licensed Psychologist for Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District.

Outside of work, Alane is an active volunteer at Dress for Success-Houston seeking to empower women through employment, career advancement, and professional networking. She strives to model these values through her involvement in the Houston A&M Club and professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association and the National Association of School Psychologists. As an avid supporter of education and Texas A&M, Alane seeks to recognize fellow Aggies who embody Texas A&M’s core values through her commitment to supporting an endowed undergraduate scholarship for the university. Alane currently resides in Cypress, Texas with her husband, Kevin ’10, and their dog, Aggie. Together they enjoy volunteering at their church, traveling around the world, and watching Aggie Athletics.


Committee Member
Emily Dykes ’15 
Fort Worth, Texas
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Emily (Buckley) Dykes is a Killeen, Texas native and a proud member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Class of 2015. While at Texas A&M, Emily was involved in many student organizations including Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and Student Government Association's Aggie Recruitment Committee. She also represented Texas A&M on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. as part of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy Internship Program. After graduating from Texas A&M University in December of 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Entomology and a Minor in Business Administration, Emily continued her education at Trinity University, where she earned a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration in 2017.

Emily currently works for Methodist Mansfield Medical Center as the Director of Cardiology Services. In this role, she oversees the operations, physician relations, and strategic planning and development of MMMC's heart and vascular service line. Emily currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband, Kyle '14.


Committee Member
Alyssa Michalke Stipek ’16
Grapeland, Texas
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Alyssa grew up in the small, rural town of Schulenburg, Texas, which is only 90-odd miles from College Station. While growing up, she had the opportunity to be heavily involved with the community, participate in multiple sports and organizations, and work part-time on her family's ranch. Alyssa was taught the values of honesty, integrity, respect, and selflessness, and she wanted to attend a college where these values would not only be valued, but would also be expected of all students, faculty, and staff, and so her Aggie Story began.

Throughout her time in Aggieland, she became heavily involved with the Corps of Cadets, various honor societies, Sports for Kids, and had the privilege to walk-on to the Women's Basketball team for one season. Alyssa thoroughly enjoyed her time in Aggieland, both inside and outside of the classroom, and it's the lessons she learned and the people she met during her time on campus that allowed her to pursue a successful career in the manufacturing industry.

Upon graduating in May 2017 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering, Alyssa began working as a Six Sigma Black Belt for TAMKO Building Products in Dallas. She worked there for nearly two years, before getting married in June 2019. As part of her marriage, she relocated to east Texas to join her husband. Alyssa continues her career in the manufacturing industry, and currently works as a Process Engineer for Nucor Steel Texas. In their free time, Alyssa and her husband enjoy volunteering at their local church, hunting, fishing, shooting, playing sports, reading, watching Aggie sports, and spending time with their pets.


Committee Member
Rachel Keathley ’18 
Houston, Texas
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Rachel Keathley is a native of Austin, Texas and proud member of the Class of 2018, graduating with a BBA in Business Honors and Management, with minors in Spanish and Economics.

While an undergraduate, she worked for the Business Honors program as the events coordinator, and was involved in the Student Government Association, serving as a judicial court advocate, muster host all four years, as Election Commissioner on the executive cabinet, and as Operations Executive Vice President. She also served on eight university committees, as an officer in the women’s organization Philadelphia Sisters, and a member of MSC Wiley, MSC FLI, and Impact. She was awarded the Buck Weirus spirit award in 2017, and the Gates-Muller Outstanding Student Award in 2018.

After graduation, Rachel moved to Mexico City for a year to complete a Binational Business grant as a Fulbright Scholar. As a grantee, she worked for a non-profit organization, Endeavor, supporting high impact entrepreneurs in the selection process for Endeavor’s global network. She also took graduate courses and traveled extensively across the country. She was also able to help plan the first Mexico City Muster. Rachel now lives in Houston, where she works for Bain & Company as an Associate Consultant. She mentors students at Cristo Rey Jesuit School, and is a member of Bain’s social impact and women’s organizations. She is passionate about civic engagement, community resource support, and global education. Rachel loves all thing Aggie, and is excited to be serving on the Engagement and Student Transition Committee to help other young alumni adjust to life after Aggieland.


Committee Member
Sam Linton ’19
Houston, Texas
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Sam Linton graduated from the Dwight Look College of Engineering in May of 2019 with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution. While enrolled as a student at Texas A&M, Sam was involved with various organizations on campus and held multiple leadership positions. After serving previously as both staff and committee, he was an executive for The Big Event 2019 and also served two terms on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) as the VP for Administrative Affairs and then Executive Vice President. Additionally, Sam served terms on the Philanthropy Committee and as the Graduate Brother Relations Chair for the Alpha Mu chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI). He was also a member of the Professional Association for Industrial Distribution (PAID) and even found the time to play one season of Texas Aggie Lacrosse.

Recently, Sam made the move from Oklahoma City to Houston as a part of his role as a Supply Chain Associate with Baker Hughes' ASPIRE Leadership Program. As a part of the program, he will complete rotations in Strategic Sourcing, Continuous Improvement, and Manufacturing Operations supporting various product companies of the greater Baker Hughes' portfolio. In addition to YAAC, Sam is currently one of the Industrial Leads on the Baker Hughes TAMU Campus Team, a member of the Association for Supply Chain Management, and competes in charity tournaments as a member of the Channel 7 Lacrosse Club. In his free time, Sam enjoys all things sports, road tripping, spending time outdoors, and reading copious amounts of TexAgs.


2020 Immediate Past-Chair
Kindall Shannon '14
San Antonio, Texas
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Kindall graduated with a B. of Environmental Design as part of the Class of 2014 before obtaining her M. Architecture from Clemson University in 2016. While at Texas A&M, Kindall served as a Fish Camp counselor, Director of Construction for Aggie Habitat, Career Fair Chair and President of the American Institute of Architecture Students, and graphic designer for Kyle Kelly's SBP campaign as well as for the branding efforts of BUILD. Kindall is a fourth generation Aggie with a passion for Texas A&M and what it's students are capable of accomplishing. While in graduate school, she continued her focus on construction within architecture. Kindall acted as construction manager for the Solar Decathlon team and graduated with a certificate in Architecture+CommunityBuild, a focus centered on building up local communities.

After school, Kindall moved to Madison, Wisconsin to join her husband and begin her career at Mead & Hunt. She has had the opportunity to work on projects across the country and currently has four buildings under construction for the Army National Guard in Northern Minnesota. Her passion for serving communities has been expanded to helping clients better serve customers as she designs an FBO (Private airport) in Scottsdale, Arizona. Outside of work, Kindall shares her passion for volleyball as an assistant coach to two Junior High club volleyball teams. She is also involved in her community, both socially and professionally through related organizations.





Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
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Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
Committee Member
Sarah Brents '07 
Houston, Texas
SarahBrents@AggieNetwork.com

Sarah Brents graduated from Texas A&M University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in history, and a business minor. Following graduation, Brents moved to Austin where she interned at the Texas State Preservation Board prior to accepting a job at the Texas Capitol. She worked as a researcher for the 80th & 81st Legislature, and as an archivist in the interim from 2007-2012. In 2011, Brents received her Master of Arts degree with merit in museum studies from the University of Leicester in the UK. During her Master’s work, Sarah did exhibit and research consultation work for Lamport Hall in England, the Imperial War Museum London, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in D.C., Houston 1940’s Air Terminal Museum, Austin Children’s Museum and the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. In 2012, Brents relocated to Houston to work as communications coordinator for First Presbyterian.  She volunteers on the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Wine Garden and School Art committees. She is also very involved in the Junior League of Houston where she sits on the Community Council as a member-at-large, serves as a transfer advisor and is the placement coordinator with the Holocaust Museum Houston.
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